Singing in the rain
If you plan to hit Dawson City’s waterfront for the annual music festival, bring your umbrella – the weather’s looking sketchy.
But that’s not likely to dampen enthusiasm for this year’s 26-band lineup. Doff your shoes and twist, weave and bounce to the music of the Constantines, Burning Hell, The Good Lovelies and Israel’s Coolooloosh, among others.
Of course, we’re partial to the rockabilly of Sasquatch Prom Date, which makes its festival debut this weekend. Bring your wallets – you might find gold in the form of the extremely rare Dark Album edition its yet-to-be-released debut A Chilling End to a High School Romance. A very few copies will be available for $15.
Those who lose out on the unique offering can get the A Chilling End to a High School Romance after its official launch on August 6th.
Watch more than 40 b-boys from across Canada battle at FH Collins Secondary to music provided by DJ Skeme Richards. The sick mess of moves will be judged by Wicket, Kid David and EasyRoc. Cypher for Change, with a presentation by Stephen (Buddha) Leafloor, begins at 4 p.m. It will cost you $5. It is followed by a styles challenge Friday night at 7 p.m. Saturday’s battle, which comes with a $1,000 prize, kicks off at 5 p.m. Both those competitions will cost you $10 to enter. Phone 393-2623 for details.
Eye on Africa
Check out a new exhibit, Through an African Lens, which features photographs by young women from Swaziland, Africa. The show is at Gallery 22 in Triple J’s Music Cafe on Elliott Street.
The territory’s parks and historic sites are being celebrated this weekend.
Saturday, celebrate 125 years of national parks with music by Lana Rae, Helene Beaulieu, cake and interpretive activities at Whitehorse’s SS Klondike National Historic Site.
There’s a free boat trip to Fort Selkirk offered by Yukon Historic Sites staff. There are only 80 spots, so register early for the all-day shuttle.
At Tombstone Territorial Park, there’s a interpretive walk from 1 to 4 p.m.
In Kluane, there’s a six-hour-long hike featuring a talk on bear ecology and safety starting at 9:30 p.m. Meet at the Tachal Dhal Visitor Centre. Leave your canisters of castoff bacon fat at home.
However, if you’re on that bear walk you’ll miss the soothing sounds of BJ MacLean (decisions, decisions). His two-hour musical hike along the Dezdeash Trail begins at 1 p.m. Meet at the Haines Junction Visitor Centre.
Not into walking? You can check out Finding Farley, a documentary about a family’s cross-Canada adventure by foot, canoe and boat to visit the settings of various Farley Mowat stories, at the Kluane National Park Visitor’s Centre.
In Dawson City, if you’re not at the festival, check out Crocus Bluff with a hike that starts at 11 a.m. Yukon Conservation Society guides will regale you with information about the local plants and history. Meet at the Dawson City Music Festival Information Booth.
On Sunday, you can hike to Canyon City starting at 10 a.m. A second hike begins at 2 p.m. Meet at the Miles Canyon Bridge. For information call parks at 667-5648.
Tagish is holding a community breakfast on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the community hall. The plates of beautifully cooked golden griddle cakes will cost adults and teens $7. Children 12 and under (those with little bellies) get in for $2.
The Second Opinion Society is having a free barbecue and silent auction on Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bring your own dishes if possible.
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